CH-147F Chinook procurement project

Project summary

The Government of Canada acquired 15 CH-147F Chinook aircraft. The total estimated cost in 2009 for the project was $5 billion, with $2.3 billion for project acquisition costs, and $2.7 billion for the 20-year in-service support program. A revised estimate of these costs will be made available in 2018 as part of DND’s Investment Plan.

The primary mission of the CH-147F Chinook is the tactical transport of equipment and personnel during domestic or deployed operations. The new Chinooks have been modified to operate with maximum effectiveness in Canada and on Canadian operations, including an increased internal fuel capacity that allows it to fly twice as far as previous models. With this new fleet, the Canadian Armed Forces increase their ability to deploy rapidly, and to perform complex operations both at home and abroad.

The Canadian version of the model-F Chinook is recognized by allies as the most advanced version available, due in part to specific technology developed as a component of this project. Several countries have signaled their interest in purchasing Canada's Chinook configuration. Canada will receive royalties from Boeing for every aircraft sold to international customers following the technology developed as part of this project.

Project phases

Currently in Phase 4: Implementation


1. Identification

1. Identification

  • July 25, 2005
2. Options analysis

2. Options analysis

  • July 25, 2005
3. Definition

3. Definition

  • Project approval: June 22, 2006
  • Revised project approval: December 13, 2007
4. Implementation

4. Implementation

  • Project approval: June 18, 2009
  • Contract award: June 30, 2009
  • First delivery: June 27, 2013
  • Initial operational capability: February 9, 2015
  • Full operational capability: June 2018
5. Close-out

5. Close-out

  • 2020


Additional information

Project updates

Project updates

July – September 2017
Two Chinooks were deployed domestically on Operation LENTUS in support of the fires in British Columbia. The helicopters transported 40,025 lbs of cargo and 121 passengers as part of the aviation task force. 

July 2017
One of Canada’s CH-147F Chinook was transported overseas for the first time to take part in the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). In addition to the air show, it carried out flying exercises with the Royal Air Force while it was in the United Kingdom.

May 2017
The Chinook was deployed domestically on Operation LENTUS to assist with flood relief efforts in Quebec. The helicopter assisted with the delivery of 22,000 pounds of sandbags for the construction and reinforcement of dikes.

May 2016
The Chinook’s first domestic humanitarian deployment was on Operation LENTUS in response to the massive Fort McMurray wildfires. The helicopter delivered 8,200 pounds of food, water, and other items to Fort McKay First Nation.

February 12, 2016
The first CH-147F Chinook pilot, flight engineer and load master graduate from the Garrison Petawawa Operational Training Centre.

April 2015
Two Chinooks are deployed for the first time in response to Kapuskasing floodings.

February 9, 2015
The fleet reaches Initial Operational Capability, meaning it is now available for operational use and deployment in support of a non-combat operation.

July 3, 2014
The final CH-147F Chinook is delivered, on time and on budget.

June 27, 2013
The first CH-147F Chinook is delivered, on time and on budget. The CH-147F Chinooks are based in Petawawa Garrison.

October 2010
Ellis-Don wins a contract to construct the Squadron facilities and maintenance workshops, as well as CAE and Boeing training schools, back shops and warehouse.

March 2010
CAE wins a contract to establish and maintain the operational training system.

August 2009
Boeing wins a contract to build the CH-147F Chinook and initial in-service support set up.

Benefiting Canadian industry

Benefiting Canadian industry

Industrial and regional benefits:

Medium-to Heavy-Lift Helicopters—Acquisition

Medium-to Heavy-Lift Helicopters—Maintenance


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Technical information

Technical information

CH-147F Chinook technical specifications

  • Length: 15.9 metres (fuselage), 30.18 metres (rotor tip to rotor tip)
  • Rotor span: 18.28 metres
  • Height: 5.77 metres
  • Maximum gross weight: 24,494 kilograms
  • Power: 2 Honeywell 55-GA-714A engines, 3,529 kilowatts (4,733 shp)
  • Speed: 315 kilometres per hour (at sea level)
  • Range: 1,100+ kilometres
  • Weapon systems:
    • laser-based active missile counter-measure system (to be completed)
    • full armour kit
    • three defensive machine guns (two forward door guns and one on the aft ramp)
  • Equipment:
    • extended range fuel tanks
    • chaff and flare dispensing system
    • radar and laser warning system
    • electro-optic/infra-red sensor
  • Crew: Up to 5 members according to the mission, including
    • 2 Pilots
    • 1 Flight Engineer
    • 1 Load Master (depending on the mission)
    • 1 Door Gunner (depending on the mission)
  • Quantity: 15
  • Years procured: 2013-2014
  • Location: Canadian Armed Forces Base Petawawa, Ontario
Project costs

Project costs

The total estimated cost for the project is $5 billion. 

The total project acquisition cost is estimated at $2.3 billion which includes the 15 helicopters, in-service support set-up, equipment procured directly from the U.S. government (Foreign Military Sales cases), new infrastructure in Petawawa, project management costs, and a complete maintenance and aircrew training program, which includes simulation devices and courseware. 

The 20-year in-service support program for the helicopters, which includes the training systems and equipment procured directly from the U.S. government (Foreign Military Sales cases), has an estimated value of $2.7 billion.

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